Here’s the first of what will be an occasional feature, here at Ales From the Hood: reviews of local beers I’ve sampled in other places.
Today I’ll discuss “Casablanca” beer, sampled in the Casablanca (Morocco) airport on the way home from Mauritania.
I’m sorry for the poor quality of the photograph, but here’s about how it looked:
Casablanca beer is described as a ‘lager’, but it tasted distinctly ale-like to me (which is a good thing). Not particularly complex or fruity, but definitely ale-like.
Unlike many, perhaps most, locally brewed beers that I’ve sampled in the places I typically get sent to for work, Casablanca is not a “light pilsner” (read: watery, urine-colored Corona knock-off), but is instead a malty, and distinctly non-lite (also good), brew with moderate alcohol warmth.
Perhaps it was because I was in the middle of the desert on the way home from a mostly “dry” country (Mauritania is strict Muslim, and so it is tough to find alcohol – I’d gone a week without drinking anything), but I found Casablanca very tasty and refreshing. ABV was not printed on the label, but I’d guess it at a standard 4.5%. Better have another…